International Admissions

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Who qualifies as an international student?
At the University of the Incarnate Word, international students are defined by their citizenship/residency status. If a student is not a U.S. citizen (either by birth or by naturalization) nor a permanent resident, the student is deemed an international student and must submit the application for international students as well as all required forms.

International Student Application Package

In addition to the above listed documents, please send in your official academic records (in English) and any official test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, ACT, GMAT, GRE). Inquire with International Admissions for specific program requirements and deadlines. Transfer students interested in receiving credit from their previous institution must submit course descriptions in English with their application along with a credential evaluation.

Credential Evaluation Policy

All international transfer students with university credits from a foreign country must submit a detailed course or course by course evaluation prior to their application being reviewed. UIW requires this type of evaluation to determine the number of credits that may transfer in. The detailed course evaluation must include all courses completed at the student's former university, including grades below a C and repeated courses. The following agencies are recommended by UIW, along with members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, NACES, UIW will only accept evaluations from one of the NACES members.

International Education Research Foundation (IERF)

PO Box 3665

Culver City, CA 90231-3665

World Education Services (WES)
Bowling Green Station
PO Box 5087
New York, NY 10274-5087

English Proficiency

Proof of English proficiency is required before registering and enrolling for classes. Degree-seeking students that do not submit an acceptable score prior to arrival will be given an in-house English exam at International Orientation. Students that do not test out of the required ELS level are required to take English as a Second Language prior to beginning university courses and at an additional expense.

First Time Freshman: A TOEFL score of 79, an IELTS score of 6.5, a TOEIC score of 650 or completion of ELS level 109 English for Academic Purposes is required prior to registering for university courses. Conditional admission is available. Students graduating from a US high school are automatically exempt from the English requirement.

Transfer Students: A TOEFL score of 79, an IELTS score of 6.5, a TOEIC score of 650  or completion of ELS level 109 English for Academic Purposes is required prior to registering for university courses. Students transferring from an accredited US college/university may be exempt from the English proficiency requirement if a minimum of 24 degree seeking credit hours are successfully completed with a grade of C or better.  Remedial courses and intensive English courses do NOT count towards the 24 credits.  Completion of English Composition I & II with a grade of C or better will also exempt international transfer students from the English proficiency requirement.

Graduate/Doctoral Students: A TOEFL score of 83, an IELTS score of 6.5 or completion of ELS level 110 English for Academic Purposes is required prior to registering for university courses. Students graduating from an accredited US university are exempt from the English requirement.

Exchange Students: Students attending UIW for one or two semesters from under the Sister School Partnerships must submit an acceptable TOEFL score of 79, a TOEIC score of 650 or an IELTS score of 6.5 at the time of applying. Exchange students will not be accepted without the required scores.

What to do if you have transcripts in a language other than English?
An official translation is required for any transcript not issued in English. Students must submit the official transcript and the official translation. The translation may be done in the home country but must be stamped, signed and sealed by an official translating service.

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Contact Us

International Admissions Counselor:

Amy DeStefano



Sponsored Student Coordinator:

Melissa Villanueva



Director of Recruitment:

Dr. Murat Tas